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Has anyone else been irritated by the fact that Google obfuscates URIs for websites if you’re logged in? It’s been driving me batty, whenever I’ve found a site URI in Google, right clicked to save the link, then paste it into my blog, instead of getting the URI presented on the search page I get a string of alphabet soup nonsense!

For example, doing a search for J-Walk and copying the link for the first result won’t give you http://j-walkblog.com/, it will get you something similar to this:

http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&source=web&c
t=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F%2Fj-walkblog.com%2F&ei=rhPMSbnSE4G0s
dsAOSx9ScCg&usg=SOUPYMESSdq1i1cl6JCD_Q6SJii5NMBoKCA&sig2=
9aIRwQlX2iDhM5HZlN-8ivA

What’s curious (and maddeningly misleading!) is the link in the status bar of the browser points to the right link without any of this padding.

This is one thing I’ll concede to the Windows Live Search (or whatever name they’re using now) crew, they thankfully don’t do this. Neither does Yahoo.